For the first time in more than a decade, the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) has reported an increase in the number of claims made following collisions involving uninsured drivers.
Since 2004, the MIB says the number of claims against uninsured drivers has reduced by more than 50% – from around 25,000 per year to around 11,000.
However, new figures published yesterday (29 August) show that in the last 12 months MIB has seen claims against uninsured drivers rise by almost 10%.
While the RAC says ‘the facts need to be confirmed’, it has described the figures as ‘a cause for concern’.
The MIB says a range of factors impact on the number of claims, including an increase in the number of people driving without insurance, increases in the number of vehicles and drivers on the roads, and the effectiveness of enforcement.
Ashton West OBE, chief executive of the MIB, said: “The number of claims handled by MIB each year highlights the devastating impact of uninsured driving on communities and families up and down the country.
“In the last year or so, for the first time in a decade or more, we are starting to see the trend of reduction actually change direction, and we have started to see it increase.
“We recognise the need to understand the increase in claims further so are currently undertaking a piece of work to explore what impact this could be having. Ultimately our message is the same as always – if you are driving without insurance you will get caught.”
Mark Godfrey, RAC insurance director, said: “Although the facts need to confirmed, there is a clear suggestion here that we might be seeing an increase in uninsured drivers on our roads – which, if true, would be a cause of concern.
“Industry figures from 2016 suggest there are around a million uninsured drivers on UK roads and that’s a figure we want to see come down, not go up.”
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